Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across US

Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across US

Members of ACT for America, which has been labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, gathered in parks and plazas across the U.S., organising almost two dozen so-called March Against Sharia rallies on Saturday. They say Islamic law poses no threat to American democracy.

Marches against Islamic law have drawn larger counter-rallies in some USA cities.

Anti-sharia protesters scuffle with counter demonstrators and members of the Minnesota State Patrol at the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 10, 2017. Lindusky was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer. "Sharia is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords", the organization, which claims to be the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, declared on its website. They marched to City Hall, where dozens of anti-Shariah protesters rallied.

In front of the Trump building in downtown Chicago, about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Donald Trump, shouting slogans and holding signs that read "Ban Sharia" and "Sharia abuses women". Just across the street, a larger and more vocal group of around 75 people chanted at them, "Racists out!"

"I don't believe Islam can peacefully co-exist with the Constitution", said Seattle anti-Shariah demonstrator Aaron Bassford, 29.

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Asked today which network was the worst offender, Gainor said, "Whether it's the Washington Post, NBC, Associated Press, they all refer to the anti-sharia rallies that took place around the country as result of Act of America, they referred to it as anti-Muslim".

The marches come amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the USA, including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head coverings and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren.

The quickest avenue to sharia taking hold here is the effort of the Trump administration, working alongside some faith groups, to carve out exceptions to US laws allowing religious adherents to enforce their beliefs on people who do not accept them, claiming this as a matter of their 1st Amendment right.

Marches against Islamic law are scheduled in more than two dozen cities across the United States.

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